What Is a Bark Ranger?

This program allows kids to learn about the history, culture, and landscape of the parks. They fill out a packet with fun activities then return to the visitor center, take a pledge, and earn a badge.

Today, we will take a closer look at this special program and other interesting facts about dogs in the National Park Service.

The National Park Service has a special program just for our furry friends. Some sites offer the chance for a pet to become a bark ranger by following the B.A.R.K. principles.

The Bark Ranger program is part of the Healthy People Healthy Parks Initiative.

What Is a Bark Ranger?

Some of the major national parks like Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, Zion, and Yosemite have Bark Ranger programs. But you won’t find them at all of the 63 national parks.

Where Can Your Pet Become a Bark Ranger?

One park doesn’t just welcome pets; it employs them. Glacier National Park in Montana became the first National Park Service unit to use an employee-owned dog to help manage habituated wildlife.

Do Dogs Work in National Parks?

These ambassadors try to reduce the number of non-compliant dog incidents and increase awareness of positive pet behaviors.

What Is the Bark Ranger Ambassador Program?

National parks allow dogs on many hiking trails. However, as the B.A.R.K. principles remind us, you’ll find that some places aren’t safe for dogs.

Are Dogs Permitted on Hiking Trails in National Parks?

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